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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Protected Disclosures

Photo of Gerald NashGerald Nash (Louth, Labour)
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105. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the ESRI, the IPA and the SEUPB have received protected disclosures since the enactment of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014; if all such disclosures were reported as per the Act in their annual reports; if there were disclosures deemed not to be protected disclosures under the Act and thus not reported; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17893/21]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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In the first instance, the Deputy may wish to note the nature of the bodies referenced in his question. The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) are companies limited by guarantee who are in receipt of grant funding from my Department. The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) is a cross-border North South Implementation Body, established on foot of the Good Friday Agreement and jointly sponsored by my Department and the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland. The SEUPB operates under the policy direction of the North South Ministerial Council, and is headquartered in Belfast, with smaller offices in Omagh and Monaghan.

I am advised that of the above mentioned bodies, the Institute of Public Administration is the only one to have received a Protected Disclosure since the enactment of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. The details requested by the Deputy are set out in the table below.

Body Protected Disclosures received Protected Disclosures reported in Annual Report Disclosures deemed to be not Protected Disclosures and not reported in Annual Report
Institute of Public Administration Yes (one) No – not deemed to be a Protected Disclosure Yes (one)

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